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1562 lecturers are to be employed in universities in Ireland

Dublin: Universities in Ireland are set to hire more than 1,500 new permanent teachers as part of a drive to further improve college education. The approval has been received. Through the new initiative, the government and universities hope to improve the student-teacher ratio. In various universities, 1562 teachers will be appointed.

As part of austerity measures, the sector has faced recruitment restrictions since 2010. The new appointments are thought to be part of the government’s plan to address this.

According to European standards, the teacher-student ratio is 15:1, but the latest figures show that it is 23:1 in Ireland. Due to recruitment restrictions, contract appointments were made in this sector.

The third level sector, including Atlantic Technological University, has the highest number of vacancies (192). It will also share a total of 1,562 posts across the third level sector with UCD (156), TU Dublin (150), University of Limerick (140) and UCC (192). (124) and Trinity College Dublin (119) are also short of teachers.

Minister of Higher Education Simon Harris said that it will help reduce the staff-student ratio and increase research excellence in universities. Posts in the higher education sector have been increased in the 2023 budget. The minister also stated that this sector will receive more funding in the coming years.

The Irish Universities Association and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland have praised the decision to hire more full-time employees.

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